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Upstate S.C. athlete getting looks

Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome athlete Markish Jones is getting text messages from at least one SEC program and has his eye on a few more schools.
Vanderbilt, which signed athlete D.J. Moore and defensive end Teriall Brannon out of Broome High for the class of 2006, has been sending the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Jones text messages.
Jones also has had some contact with the staff at Virginia Tech. He says he took an unofficial visit to Blacksburg for the Hokies 27-7 loss to Miami (Fla.) last season and came away impressed. He says that VPI, along with Florida and Georgia Tech currently are his top three schools.
So what gives Virginia Tech the edge?
"I just loved their atmosphere," Jones said. "(the Miami game) was a good game."
According to Jones, the Hurricanes are another team high on his list.
"Miami is my passion," he said.
Jones, who is waiting for his first scholarship offer, has been receiving letters from Clemson, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia. He grew up a Clemson fan.
Jones, who will end up at wide receiver or safety at the next level, had 35 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns on offense and totaled 28 tackles and five pass break-ups on defense last season.
"I'm the most competitive player on the field," he said. "I think I will most likely play wide receiver at the next level."
Jones will attend the Clemson NIKE Camp May 21 on the campus of Clemson University.
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